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Monday, 28 July 2014

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MPs warn watchdog it must learn lessons at Barrow maternity unit

LESSONS must be learned from a government regulator’s decision not to investigate failings at Barrow’s maternity unit, say MPs.

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JAMES TITCOMBE

Parliament’s public administration committee published a report on Monday calling for reform in the way the parliamentary and health service ombudsman service is run.

The report highlighted the potential impact of the service not investigating a complaint by referencing the crisis at Furness General Hospital, following the death of baby Joshua Titcombe in November 2008.

His father James Titcombe, now national patient safety advisor with the CQC, made three complaints to the PHSO in 2010. The service changed its mind on the issue following evidence from an inquest.

The PHSO, now headed by Dame Julie Mellor, said it was committed to investigating more complaints.

The report said: “The PHSO should review the transparency of its own arrangements for reviewing its decisions.”

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